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Operation Lone Star is ramping up, busing migrants without valid asylum claims to sanctuary cities

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The term ‘sanctuary cities’ should be used lightly. Democrats are trying to get away with simply saying they are sanctuary cities without having to actually be sanctuary cities. As proof, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York City Mayor Eric Adams are furious that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has bused nearly 1,500 migrants to New York City since August 5th, and 7,400 to Washington, DC since April.

“The majority coming in are believed to not have valid asylum claims, are bypassing federal immigration law, and instead of being deported are being released into the U.S. under new Biden administration policies, attorneys general who’ve sued the administration argue” reports The Center Square.

Of the roughly 5,000 migrants crossing the border that agents encounter in Texas everyday, Abbott says he is shipping them to the sanctuary cities instead of overwhelming the border communities. Operation Lone Star was initiated in March 2021 and “continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said.

“Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden’s open border policies.”

Roughly 5 million people from over 150 countries have entered the U.S. illegally, including “gotaways,” since Biden took office, according to data published by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and information provided by a Border Patrol agent to The Center Square. Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has significantly altered federal immigration policies, making it much easier, and without consequence, to enter the United States illegally.

Texas had over 100,000 apprehensions last month alone. The numbers exclude the tens of thousands of “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement as they entered Texas illegally in between ports of entry.

 

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IG Audit shows nonprofit wasted $17 million taxpayer dollars on hotels to not house illegal foreign nationals

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An audit report by the Inspector General shows enraging information as to exactly how millions of dollars from the American people were completely wasted.

One doesn’t need to read past the IG report’s headline to become furious: “ICE Spent Funds on Unused Beds, Missed COVID-19 Protocols and Detention Standards while Housing Migrant Families in Hotels.”

In summary, an unbelievable $17 million was wasted on not housing illegal foreign nationals. At the heart of the story is Endeavors, a nonprofit which has received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money “through no-bid government contracts to house foreign nationals who illegally entered the U.S. and were released by the Biden administration instead of being deported” reports The Center Square.

The audit evaluated the process used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to grant no bid contracts to Endeavors and their compliance with federal law, the article explains.

The report evaluated an $86.9 million sole source contract first awarded to Endeavors earlier this year. The contract was awarded for six months to provide “temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States,” The Center Square previously reported.

Months after it received its first no bid contract, Endeavors received a second $530 million contract and hired former Biden administration official Andrew Lorenzen-Straight as its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, Axios reported.

The Center Square explains:

Sole source contracts are used when an agency can demonstrate the contract meets specific and justified criteria. If contracts don’t meet one of the criteria, they must be awarded through an open competitive process.

Endeavors has no professional history of providing housing services and has never provided beds or all-inclusive emergency family residential services, OIG auditors found. Those critical of DHS’ contract process argue the agency should be awarding contracts through an open competitive process to ensure that those bidding for funds can offer the services they claim they can provide.

Under the contract in question, for six months between March and September 2021, Endeavors was responsible for providing 1,239 beds and other necessary services in hotels. It used six hotels and repurposed them as Emergency Family Reception Sites to accommodate families staying less than three days while ICE considered conditions of release, including alternatives to detention.

The IOG made four recommendations for ICE to improve its contracting and oversight of hotel facility management and operations. “ICE concurred with one recommendation and didn’t concur with three. Based on information ICE provided in its response, the IOG said it considered one recommendation resolved and closed, and three recommendations administratively closed.”

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